Anyone have problems with Mirtazapine causing depression?

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I have been taking xanax for sleep for 3 years. It has stopped working for sleep(.05 mg) I weent to 1 mg with no results my psych Dr said to takr7.5 mg of Mirtazapine 2 hours before the Xanax. It seems to work for sleep but I have noticed thar I feel depressed could it be the Mirtazapine causing this?

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    Hi Carol,

    The Mirtazapine is an anti-depressant, which also helps sleep, especially in low doses like 7.5. I have been on Mirtazapine for about ten years and don't notice any depression as a result. 

    Probably best to talk to your doctor as everyone is different and you don't need to be dealing with depression after a medication switch.

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    Hi Carol

    As Mirt' has a slow release sedative effect that can last pretty much all day (it does for me 24-7) it can make you feel very lethargic and lack lustre.  You will probably find you don't need the Xanax, but do you have to taper that?

    A good book for insomnia "Say Goodnight to Insomnia" Dr Gregg Jacobs" - really helped me.  smile

    Best wishes.

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      I have an appointment with my psychiatrist in a couple of weeks she did a dna test for drug sensitivity called GeneSight the results were very accurate all of the meds I have had problems with are on the caution list
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    Hi Carol,

    I do get depressed from Mirt, at al doses that i have tried.

    My head was never clear always in a bubble, so that i see the world trough the bubble, meaning: never see the bright colours outsight and i think that make/made me depressed.

    I hope the appointment goes well.

    Wish you luck x

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